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Defense hearings: Senate talks ISIS, budget, Ukraine

Defense hearings: Senate talks ISIS, budget, Ukraine

With House members back in their districts for the week, all of the congressional work will be on the Senate side of Capitol Hill. But that still leaves a full schedule of defense/veterans hearings.

The most-watched event will be Wednesday’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the fight in Iraq and Syria. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Secretary of State John Kerry will attend the event, pushing for lawmakers to adopt the White House’s draft for a new military force authorization for the fight.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald wraps up his budget briefings this week with the Senate Appropriations Committee. And members of the Senate Armed Services Committee boast six budget hearings while their House counterparts are at home.

Tuesday

Senate Armed Services — 9:30 a.m. — Dirksen G50

Navy/Marine Corps budget

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, CNO Adm. Jon Greenert and Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford brief senators on their fiscal 2016 budget requests.

Senate Foreign Relations — 10 a.m. — Dirksen 419

Ukraine

State department officials discuss the current conflict in Ukraine and U.S. options to deal with Russia aggression in the region.

Senate Appropriations — 2:30 p.m. — Dirksen 124

VA budget

VA leadership will brief senators on their department’s fiscal 2016 budget request.

Senate Armed Services — 2:30 p.m. — Visitors Center S-217

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